Tucson headlines: Dead man ID'd; Fire cause known; Deadly crash; Police dispatcher indicted; Impersonating officer

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson police Thursday identified a man found dead Tuesday on the west side as 61-year-old Robert Pardee.

Patrol officers found Pardee's body Tuesday inside his townhouse after his daughter called to report she had not heard from him in several days.

TPD homicide think whoever killed may also have taken his pickup, a 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 with Arizona license plate 519-NSP.

It looks just like this truck but has a matching camper shell.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Officials say they know what caused the fire at the assisted living center that killed 75-year-old Jerry Makrouer.

Tucson fire says it most likely started by someone smoking on a couch.

Firefighters saved 50 people from the building tuesday as it burned, but Makrouer died at the hospital.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- One person died in an early morning crash on the southside.  A car rand off the road and hit a tree on Drexel west of Mission.

Ramon Steele, 25, died.  Another man went to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

No word who was behind the wheel. Police say the driver was speeding and drinking.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson police dispatcher has been indicted on computer tampering charges.

Teresa Soto was on-duty when the alleged incident happened.

TPD is doing an internal investigation and Soto is currently on leave with pay. She's been a dispatcher with TPD for ten years.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man has been indicted on charges of impersonating an Air Force major general to buy things at the Fort Huachuca Post exchange and commissary.

Jeffery Bennett, 45, is accused of driving to the fort in a phony Department of defense vehicle wearing a military uniform with a fake ID.

All of those acts would be illegal. If he's found guilty, Bennett could get 10 years in prison for each count.